"First and foremost, Jack is an excellent teacher," said Schottenheimer. "He has done a good job of developing young players. He has a strong background in line play and belief in teaching fundamentals first. He is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in his field and we're lucky to have Jack available to join our team."
The 2006 season will begin Henry's second stint in San Diego. Former head coach Bobby Ross hired Henry in 1996 to coach the offensive line. Schottenheimer was pleased that Henry comes with Ross' full endorsement.
"Bobby thinks very highly of Jack and his ability to teach and communicate, and I greatly respect his opinion."
Henry has spent the past six seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In 2005 he was elevated to associate head coach / running game coordinator after serving as the team's offensive line coach from 2000-04. He served as the chief advisor in all facets of the ground attack.
Under Henry's guidance, guard LeCharles Bentley has blossomed, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl after just his second season in the NFL (2003). He was the first Saints' lineman to be voted to the Pro Bowl in 16 years. Then, when Bentley had to switch to center in 2004, Henry guided this transformation to another successful season as Bentley was voted an alternate to the Pro Bowl in '04 and will start the upcoming game in February.
Running back Deuce McAllister and the running game also enjoyed success during Henry's tenure. McAllister had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and the team rushed for 2,000 yards in '03.
Prior to joining the Saints, Henry coached the lines for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1990-91), Chargers (1996) and Detroit Lions (1997-99). In his first season in Detroit (1997), the Lions boasted the NFL's second-ranked rushing attack behind Barry Sanders' 2,053 yards.
Henry was hired into the NFL by Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll in 1990.
Henry has been instrumental in the development of young players throughout his career. Among the many young linemen to excel under his tutelage, Jeff Hartings earned the starting guard role with the Lions in his first full season in the League in '97. Hartings has since been voted a first alternate to the Pro Bowl four times at center and was voted to the squad after the '04 and '05 seasons while playing for the Steelers.